Vermont Passes H. 485/Act 148
Relating to establishing universal recycling of solid waste
Implemented by July 1, 2020
- Food scraps generated from any source (business or residential) are banned from the landfill.
Implemented by July 1, 2020
- Haulers must offer food scrap collection
Implemented by July 1, 2017
- Transfer stations/Drop-off Facilities must accept food scraps; and
- Food scrap generators of 18 tons/year (1/3 ton/week) must divert material to any certified facility within 20 miles
Implemented by July 1, 2016
- Licensed haulers must collect leaf and yard debris separate from other solid waste and deliver to a management facility.
- All Vermonters - Ban on knowing disposing of leaf, yard, and clean wood debris.
- Food scrap generators generating more than 26 tons of food per year must separate food scraps for on-site management or transfer to a facility; if certified facility with capacity is located within 20 miles
Implemented as of July 1, 2015
- All solid waste facilities must collect leaf and yard debris separate from other solid waste.
- Generators of 52 tons/year of food scraps per year must separate food scraps for on-site management or transfer to a facility; if certified facility with capacity is located within 20 miles.
- All Vermonters are banned from knowingly disposing of mandated recyclable materials.
- All Municipalities must implement a variable rate pricing system for solid waste from residential customers based on volume or weight.
- Public buildings or public land - must offer a recycling container next to every trash container - bathrooms are exempt.
- Licensed haulers must collect mandated recyclables separate from other solid waste and deliver to management facility, unless municipal ordinance or SWIP provides alternative; may not charge separate fee
Implemented as of July 1, 2014
- All trash facilities must accept residential recycling for free.
- Haulers that offer collection of solid waste, must offer collection of listed recyclables for all customers (including residents, businesses, and institutions) and may not charge a separate line item fee.
*Mandated recyclables includes the following materials separated from non-recyclable materials at the point of generation: aluminum and steel cans; aluminum foil and aluminum pie plates; glass bottles and jars from foods and beverages; polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles or jugs; high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bottles and jugs; corrugated cardboard; white and mixed paper; newspaper; magazines; catalogues; paper mail and envelopes; boxboard; and paper bags.
- Prescription Drug Takeback Legislation - effective July 2016
- Certain Dry-Cell Batteries: Act 95– effective beginning 1992
- Automobile Switches: Act 117– effective July 1, 2006
- Mercury Thermostats: Act 149– effective July 1, 2008
- Electronic waste: Act 79 – effective January 1, 2011.
- Mercury Lamps: Act 36– effective May 19, 2011
- Architectural Paint: Act 58– effective December 1, 2013
- Primary Batteries: Act 139– effective January 1, 2016